I decided to go to the Women's Ashes ODI at Hove. The match was held on Friday 23rd August 2013 and was an important one.
The first match was a four day affair held at the beautiful Wormsley ground. I had been to this on the second day and after a batting collapse by England's top order players, it became a question of trying avoid a loss and stick it out for a draw. This led to a very boring match for spectators with mainly dot balls and a run rate of about 10 runs an hour.
If we were looking for an example of how good a spectacle Women's cricket is, then this was not it.
I did not attend days three or four but a draw was the result with two points awarded to both sides.
The Ashes would now be decided over the upcoming three ODI's and three T20 matches.
I could not get to Lords but Australia won the match and took a 4-2 lead in the series.
So the 2nd ODI at Hove was important as a win for England would square the series at 4-4 points, whereas a loss would bring about a four point deficit.
I was going by train from Woking via Clapham junction and Brighton.
As usual the 9:13 train from Woking to Clapham was standing room only.
I eventually arrived at Hove Station at just gone 10:30am and the match was due to start at 10:45.
It was not too far from the ground although I had never visited it before. It took me ages to find a way in because the ground is completely surrounded by houses and apartment blocks. So when I eventually got in I had missed the first four overs and apparently these were the best four overs with England's Heather Knight scoring strongly, ably assisted by her skipper Charlotte Edwards.
I was finding the sun a bit hot and so moved to a shaded seat at the Sea end. I have never been to a ground with a Sea end before.
Lydia Greenway came on as the replacement.
Charlotte needed to help an Umpire sort the stumps out.
Lydia Greenway and Aaron Brindle take a drinks break.
At the end of the match I decided to walk down to the beach as it was less than a mile away. A walk along the prom to Brighton seemed like a good idea.
As I walked through Brighton there seemed to be a sub culture where there were very few native English speakers. I did feel a bit out of place as I walked briskly up the hill.
I arrived at the station and my body was overheating. Unfortunately when I boarded the London train at 18:52, I was surprised to find it so crowded. I got a seat but soon the carriage was full. The temperature in there must have been 100 degrees F and I could not cool down. There was a young couple sat opposite me and they had a Dachshund on their lap. It looked like a nice dog and I was going to ask them about it but then realised that they speaking in an Eastern European tongue so I kept quiet.
Once the train got under way, an Asian lady sat next to me starting snoring in my ear so I decided that it was time to put my earphones on and listen to some music. The train never did cool down. At Clapham I was grateful for some relatively cool and fresh air. Another train ride followed by bus ride got me home.
It had been an interesting day and a good result for the England women.